2 face shoplifting, drug charges in Mount Olive Twp.
MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two people were charged Saturday afternoon in connection with a shoplifting incident at CVS in Mount Olive Township, police said.
On Dec. 7, at 1:01 p.m., a township officer responded to the CVS, located on Route 46 in the Budd Lake section of the township, for the report of a shoplifting, police said.
The manager of CVS contacted the police to report that two males had taken items from the store and left without paying. They drove away in a 2014 Jeep, police said.
The officer located the Jeep as it turned onto Naughright Road off of Route 46. The officer stopped the Jeep and made contact with the males inside, police said.
The driver was identified as a 16-year-old boy from Flanders, and the passenger was identified as Joao Costa, 18, of Hackettstown, police said.
Through the course of the investigation it was determined that Costa and the boy had allegedly taken items from CVS totaling $24.48. The items were located in the vehicle and on Costa’s person, police said.
Police also located within the vehicle a bong containing marijuana residue, multiple plastic baggies containing suspected marijuana, one Adderall pill, and two grinders containing suspected marijuana residue. Both were placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters, police said.
Costa was charged with shoplifting, possession of controlled dangerous substance schedule I-IV, use of a juvenile during the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. He was released pending a court hearing, police said.
The boy, whose name was not released, was charged with shoplifting, possession of controlled dangerous substance schedule I-IV, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. He was released to a parent pending a meeting with the juvenile detective, police said.